A year ago Percival Bailey1 in his chairman's address to this section presented factual data to demonstrate the present ills of neurologic practice and recommended, among other things, that neurologists leave most of the practice of psychiatry to psychiatrists and that neurology become more closely alined with its related basic sciences and with neurosurgery. Whatever the prevailing opinion might be concerning the feasibility of a separation of neurology from psychiatry (at least for the time being), it is evident that Dr. Bailey's paper portrays objectively the present critical state of clinical neurology and may well serve as the landmark for a renaissance in the practice of neurology by neurologists.
Two questions come immediately to mind in evaluating the present status of and the future outlook for clinical neurology, namely: 1. Is there an actual need for clinical neurologists in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous and mental diseases? 2.
BAILEY P. PROGRAM FOR THE ACTIVATION OF NEUROLOGY UNDER THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. JAMA. 1947;134(16):1283–1287. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880330005002
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